Focus Session: Tall Ships and Tiny Boats

Tall Ships and Tiny Boats: Leadership Strategies for Everyone

Updated 2.9.2016

Captain Jennifer Feeney, The Sailing Mind
Captain Rick Miller, Maine Maritime Institute

Tall Ships & Tiny Boats: Leadership Strategies for Everyone (PPT)

Leadership at sea has a remarkable colorful history. Today’s leaders need to understand their strengths in the context of leading self, leading others, and leading at sea. Join us as we explore the elements of leadership, identify our leadership strengths, and consider how we can create leadership opportunities for our crew and trainees.

Captain Jennifer Feeney
Captain Jennifer Feeney

Captain Jennifer Feeney has spent the last 20 years searching for unique and impactful ways to learn, teach and grow. From the ubiquitous Outward Bound pulling boats to tall ships in Europe and the Caribbean to wallpapered hotel conference rooms with bad lighting, Jen is on a quest to connect with a motley crew of leaders, educators and visionaries, to discover their secrets and explore best practices.
Jen discovered her inner rogue educator as an Outward Bound Student at the age of 15. After earning her degree in International Education & Community Development at Hampshire College, she went on to spend over a decade at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School until the sun forced her to pursue her interests in experiential education and leadership development in more sheltered environments. Jen’s life ashore has gone on to include working with MIT’s Action Learning Program and later with the Authentic Leadership Institute. She currently runs custom programs through her company The Sailing Mind and is a partner at both Kanda Growth Co. and Global Perspectives, designing and facilitating experiential leadership programs.

Captain Rick Miller
Captain Rick Miller


Captain Richard (Rick) Miller is a Professor of Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. His classes of instruction include Terrestrial Navigation (Coastal Piloting), Celestial Navigation, Seamanship, Meteorology, and Marine Weather Routing. Small sailing boats on Barnegat Bay New Jersey were the foundation for a career on the water. Rick earned his bachelor degree from Springfield College and a Master of Science in Education from Capella University. He has successfully blended his academic training as an educator with his passion for sailing for more than 30 years, sailing on a number of sail training vessels and with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. In 2008 he was master aboard Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin for a training expedition to the Arctic along the west coast of Greenland. Rick continues to be active as a mariner, most recently sailing seasonally as a master for Sea Education Association in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

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